Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies Graduate Student Essay Prize

Contributions are invited for the annual AVSA Postgraduate Essay Prize. This is a prize of $AUS 300 awarded to the best essay by a postgraduate student submitted to the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies for publication in one of the issues of the following year. It is not required that entrants be members of AVSA. The Association reserves the right not to award the prize if no essay of sufficient merit is submitted.

Essays should be submitted by 31 December to the journal's Editor, Dr Jock Macleod. They should be accompanied by a note from the entrant's supervisor or Head of Department, testifying that the entrant is a postgraduate student. Dr Macleod's address is: School of Arts, Media and Culture, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, 4111; email


Journal of Victorian Culture Graduate Student Essay Prize

The Journal of Victorian Culture, one of the leading journals in its field, has inaugurated a prize competition for graduate students. The aim of the JVC Essay Prize is to promote scholarship among postgraduate research students working on the Victorian period in any discipline in the UK and abroad. The essay, which must be no longer than 9000 words in length (including notes), may be on any aspect of Victorian culture appropriate for the scope of the journal (this embraces literature and history, including cultural, intellectual, social, political, economic and religious history; the history of music, science, technology, medicine, theatre and visual culture; historical geography). JVC is, in accordance with its remit, particularly keen to encourage essays demonstrating interdisciplinary approaches. The essay must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is known. Applicants who are completing doctoral degrees are advised to check with their institutions any regulations covering the publication of material extracted from their theses prior to the submission of the whole thesis. 

The prize: Publication of the winning essay in JVC; £100 cash prize, a free year’s subscription to JVC. For more details, please see the Journal of Victorian Culture website.


The Hamilton Prize

Victorian Review is delighted to announce the inauguration of the annual Hamilton Prize for the best graduate student paper submitted to the journal in a given year. The annual award honours the effort and achievements of Susan Hamilton, editor of Victorian Review from 2000 to 2006.

Papers should be 20-25 pages in length and should not have been previously published. The winner will receive an award of $250 CAN and publication of the essay in Victorian Review. The deadline for submissions for the 2008 competition has not yet been announced.

The winning essay will be selected according to three criteria: 1) contribution to Victorian studies; 2) quality and originality; and 3) style and clarity. The award will be judged by the editorial team of the journal in consultation with Advisory Board members.

Please send entries to
ATTN: Mary Elizabeth Leighton
Submissions Editor
Dr. Lisa Surridge
Department of English
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3070 Victoria B.C.
V8W 3W1
Ph. 250-721-7246
Fax: 250-721-6498